Jason O'Halloran says his race two surge which resulted in him narrowly missing out on the podium is a positive sign for the season ahead for Honda Racing.

After battling through tricky conditions O'Halloran demonstrated the CBR1000RR Fireblade's improved single lap speed by taking second on the grid in qualifying. Despite missing out on the top three in both races at the season opener the Australian, who was making his return from a broken leg and hand suffered last August at Thruxton, believes his charge up the order in the final laps of race two should be cause for optimism.

"The weekend has been difficult with the weather, with me being away for so long coming back to those conditions is difficult," O'Halloran said. "Race one was difficult, we went with the softer option tyre and I thought we would be able to get away from the guys on the harder tyre but unfortunately that didn't happen.

"We went with the harder tyre for the second race and I'm really pleased with the result. We ended up one second off first position, at one stage I was three seconds back from the leaders. The last quarter of that race we were really strong, really good pace and felt great on the bike."

His fourth place coupled with sixth in the 2016 curtain raiser at Silverstone sees O'Halloran take fifth place in the riders' championship after round one to give him a solid start to his BSB Showdown prospects.